For those who weren’t able to attend, this is a brief note to let everyone know that last night’s One City|Won City “evening of prayer and worship” was a very special (and possibly even historic) event. It was held in the recently renovated and exquisitely-appointed Mahler Ballroom (4915 Washington Blvd, in the STL Central West End).
The evening was hosted by Claude Bennett, who kicked us off by encouraging us to all press together in unity toward Jesus and expect healing to begin, just as the woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for 12 years (Matthew 9). Excellent worship music was provided by a number of talented musicians. The prayer time was opened by Ivan Doxtator (First Nations Restoration Ministries). He was followed by a diverse group of Christian leaders who prayed through the topics of the Church, Media, Arts & Entertainment, Education, Government, and Business. Pastor Phil Brownlee closed out the prayer time on the subject of Family.
During his introductory comments, Pastor Brownlee declared revival had finally come to STL, based on what he had seen and heard during the evening. This comment was echoed in an e-mail sent earlier today by another of the prayer leaders: “As it was declared last night, I believe the Revival that has been prophesied over our city for many, many years has come.” Another attendee sent a similarly encouraging note: “The three of us that came together to the event in the prayer for unity - we all had the same vision of walls coming down. Praise God!” These walls have divided the STL Christian Community along racial lines for far too long,
But last night, the beautiful Mahler Ballroom was near its capacity (~200) with a very diverse group of Christians from across the STL region, many of whom had been earnestly praying (in small groups) for healing and unity to come to our region. Most had joined in a collective, optional 24-hour fast that was broken together at the end of the evening, when we gathered at tables and started many new conversations about what is needed next in order for the region to experience the healing and unity it so urgently needs.
To that end, STLRN shared written information about its new project, Corda de Memoria (Latin for “hearts of memory”), a mural honoring the hundreds of young St. Louisan’s tragically lost each year, especially to overdose and violence – and imploring the region to pursue a community where such tragedies are banished. STLRN has contracted with St. Louis ArtWorks (SLAW) to hire a team of talented young artists to design and produce the mural, to be installed along the east side of the SLAW parking lot at 5959 Delmar Blvd. A gofundme page has been launched to help raise the needed funds ($5,000 is due August 1). Please prayerfully consider how you could help. Donations made directly to STLRN will not be subject to the gofundme processing fee, and will be used exclusively for this project, if that is the desire of the donor.
Lastly, please join us in praising God for this Revival that has apparently finally come to STL!